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Early results are in for SIM's 2015 IT Trends Study
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The final results are being calculated for SIM's 2015 IT Trends Study, with our full report being slated for release at SIMposium in November. This year's 35th anniversary study is the most comprehensive to date, featuring respondents from 717 organizations representing nearly 25 percent of U.S. GDP, a strong indicator of the quality of leadership and experience within the SIM ranks.

This year's study reveals an increasing pace and volume of change in the IT industry. Some early standout finding:
  • IT leaders are shifting their focus away from tactical and operational issues and more towards strategic, business-oriented goals.
  • Nearly 17 percent of all IT services and solutions are being delivered via public-external clouds, up from 14.4 percent last year. This is expected to rise further in 2015.
  • IT spending and salaries increased again in 2014, and CIOs expect they will in 2015 too, but the pace may be slowing.

    The full 2015 IT Trends Study report will reveal much more about these and other important shifts.

    For the first time ever, all of the 1002 SIM members who participated in the study will also receive a free personalized version of the report in late September. This comparative report would cost thousands of dollars to produce through a private firm. Be on the lookout for this complimentary "thank you" as a token of our appreciation for making this year's IT Trends Study the best ever!
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    What California's BYOD reimbursement ruling means to CIOs
    CIO
    A recent California court ruling that requires companies to reimburse workers for business calls on personal phones adds fear, uncertainty and doubt to an already-complicated BYOD landscape. CIO.com's Tom Kaneshige talks to David Schofield, a partner at a mobile consultancy, to put the ruling in context.
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    Tips for heading up a world-class IT organization
    FierceCIO
    Chief information officers who strive to be identified as leading world-class organizations need to pay particular attention to the number of IT staff they employ (fewer is better) and the number of applications and platforms needed on a per-user basis (fewer is best). Those are two of the conclusions of the new report, "The World-Class Performance Advantage: How Leading IT Organizations Outperform Their Peers." Based on research from The Hackett Group, the report reveals that the top IT departments are more determined to drive business results than their peers.
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    Decisiveness drives success for companies
    By Greg Witz
    Some people just can't make up their minds. Neither can some companies. But if they knew what their indecision was costing them, would they change how they operate? Ram Charan, a former faculty member at Harvard Business School wrote an article titled, "Conquering a Culture of Indecision." In it, he talks about companies that have successfully created frameworks for decisive action. Highly marketed and distributed, this article was published in the April 2006 issue of the Harvard Business Review and met with many accolades. However, it's almost 10 years later, and the problem exists even more profoundly today.
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    The Internet of things: Britain's next big opportunity
    ComputerWeekly
    When you hear the term "the internet of things," what immediately comes to mind? If you've been following recent stories in the media, you might have it pegged as the Big New Thing to revolutionize all our lives any minute now. Equally, you might be forgiven for thinking it's a lot of hype generated by overexcited tech types and inflated billion-dollar deals. The truth, as ever, lies somewhere in the middle. The combination of connected products, together with intelligent data analysis, has the potential to transform the way we produce goods, run machinery, manage our cities and improve our lives.
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    IT pros and CIOs: Pay raise, what pay raise!?
    FierceCIO
    If a pay raise is the best indication of a job well done, IT professionals and managers must have a lot of making up to do. New research shows that the typical IT salary grew only 0.7 percent from last year, and it dropped slightly for top IT leaders. In terms of specifics, the average IT worker salary in 2014 rose to $79,289, up from $78,759 a year ago. That is the word from the 2014 Mid-Year Salary Survey from Janco Associates.
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    'Fun doesn't just happen' — how to thrill customers with big data
    Forbes
    Six Flags Senior Vice President and CIO Michael S. Israel writes: "Hosting more than 26 million guests per year, Six Flags' theme park operations are more like managing a small city. My role as CIO is akin to being the man behind the curtain. My team helps create fun and thrills for our guests through advancements in technology. Technology is transforming the way guests experience our parks — in a positive way — from the moment they walk through our gates through each aspect of their visit.
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    Calling a truce in CIO-CMO budget battles
    CIO
    Although tech spending power is expanding for CMOs, CIO magazine's publisher, Adam Dennison, sees the major influence over IT budgets staying in the hands of CIOs.
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    CIOs split into 2 classes of leaders, research shows
    The Wall Street Journal
    CIOs are splintering into two distinct classes, research shows. One of those classes fosters more innovation and forges a tighter relationship with business leaders within the company, while the other class plays a critical but more traditional nuts-and-bolts role within the corporation. Over the past several years there's been a significant shift, with the CIO role bifurcating, according to a 2013 IBM study of more than 1,600 CIOs. There are both more CIOs who provide basic IT services and more who are charged with innovation, CIO Journal's Rachael King writes.
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    CIOs in training: 3 factors for success
    InformationWeek
    IT workers: if someone asked you, "Do you want to be CIO?" your answer, most likely, would be "yes." But, apart from desiring the greater salary and influence, are you willing to fulfill the job requirement of being the type of CIO that the CEO will value? And are you willing to switch gears from being a technologist, become a hybrid business-technologist, and do what it takes to be an effective CIO in the digital age?
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    26 CIO, CMIO moves so far in 2014
    Becker's Hospital Review
    The following is a compilation of all the hospital and health system CIO and CMIO moves so far this year as reported by Becker's Hospital Review, organized by month and beginning with the most recent.
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